Downeast

I have given the river safety talk hundreds of times: that pre-launch speech a guide delivers to passengers before plunging into the water. There’s a certain tone you take, a combination of stern yet humorous, intended to make sure guests are prepared but not scared to death. Your audience is usually attentive, respectful, even a…

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The very first Maine Mountain Guide, a svelte sky-blue volume, appeared in 1961 as a spinoff of AMC’s longstanding Katahdin Guide, itself an offshoot of the original White Mountain Guide. At a scant 190 pages, the book was hardly the definitive compendium we rely on today. Nonetheless, each of the Maine Mountain Guide hikes below…

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Months before our 25th anniversary, my wife and I vowed to do something special. But as the date drew closer, it seemed unlikely we would do much beside work. We couldn’t even go home from our jobs, since we lived above the front office of the Maine oceanfront campground where we work as sea-kayaking guides,…

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The East Coast region is home to 73 National Wildlife Refuges, providing habitats for hundreds of animal species: furry, feathered, and finned. Since 1903, when Theodore Roosevelt named Florida’s Pelican Island the first refuge of its kind, the NWR designation, first and foremost, has protected and restored wildlife populations and habitats. But these refuges are…

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Planning for summer adventure? Now’s the time to locate—and book—your exciting destination of choice. If you’re thinking of heading north to Maine, here are my top three life-list outdoor destinations to consider. Baxter State Park There is no other mountain like Katahdin in the Northeast. Rising a mile high, this granite monolith features two distinct…

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Although a driver traveling from Washington, D.C., to Lubec, Maine, could make the journey in about 800 miles, the full expanse of coastline measures nearly 11,000 miles. For kayakers, all of those coves, harbors, and rivers hold opportunities for adventure. We asked Michael Daugherty, author of AMC’s Best Sea Kayaking in New England, and Michaela…

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From the heart of Philadelphia to the woods of Maine, fat tire-biking has made a name for itself due to its appeal to riders of all abilities, in all seasons. Tom Stuessy, executive director of the Vermont Mountain Bike Association, has seen the pastime boom in the last two to three years in both sales…

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The following day hikes come from AMC’s Best Day Hikes Along the Maine Coast. For more information, check out the book. 1. SPRING POINT SHOREWAY Walk this historical pathway along a spectacular stretch of Casco Bay that features beaches, forts, lighthouses, museums, and scenic island and harbor views. Location: South Portland, ME Rating: Easy Distance:…

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It was late one night in September 2014, probably past midnight, and my wife, Sarah, and I were in the garage, bolting 5-gallon buckets onto our kids’ bikes. Together with a bike trailer, these “poor man’s panniers” would carry all of our food, clothing, equipment, and tools for the five-day bike-camping trip on which we…

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Maine’s “Vacationland” appeal isn’t limited to out-of-state visitors. Head out to the state’s parks, trailheads, or trout streams in late September, and you’re likely to see great gatherings of Mainers enjoying their favorite pursuits. Building on that homegrown passion for the outdoors, the eighth biannual Great Maine Outdoor Weekend (GMOW) returns to the Pine Tree…

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